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7-Eleven takes control of 2 more stores amid U.S. probe (illegal aliens)
Virginian Pilot ^ | June 19, 2013 | Carolyn Shapiro

Posted on 06/22/2013 4:53:43 AM PDT by csvset

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. has taken over the operation of two more Hampton Roads franchises, in Virginia Beach and Newport News, in response to a federal inquiry into alleged illegal hiring of immigrant employees in New York and Virginia.

Federal immigration officials arrested nine 7-Eleven store owners and managers Monday, including three Hampton Roads men, on charges that they stole Social Security numbers to employ Pakistani and Filipino workers who were in the country illegally and siphoned their wages. The charges include wire fraud, aggravated identify theft and conspiracy to conceal and harbor the immigrants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided 14 franchises early this week, including four in Hampton Roads, forcing the retailer to take over their operation. Federal agents swept through and searched about 30 other stores nationwide where they suspected similar activities took place.

Dallas-based 7-Eleven said in a prepared statement Wednesday that it has assumed control of Hampton Roads stores at 1584 General Booth Blvd. in Virginia Beach and 2610 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.

That's in addition to four stores - at 725 London Blvd. in Portsmouth; 1088 W. 26th St. in Norfolk; and 4701 Taylor Road and 4424 Portsmouth Blvd. in Chesapeake - where franchise owners already were stripped of their control.

"7-Eleven Inc. has assumed control of two additional stores in Virginia as a result of pending felony proceedings against two franchisees," read the company's statement. "These stores are now open under the management of 7-Eleven Inc."

7-Eleven did not provide information about the ownership of the latest two stores that were taken back by the company.

Shannawaz Baig, 62, of Virginia Beach and Zahid Baig, 52, and Tariq Rana, 34, both of Chesapeake, were indicted last week along with six New York residents by a federal grand jury in New York. According to the indictments, New York couple Farrukh and Bushra Baig owned, co-owned or controlled at least 12 of the initial 14 stores targeted in the investigation. For at least three Hampton Roads franchises, they used a "straw purchaser," who effectively hid the real owners' involvement in the operations, the indictments alleged.

Farrukh Baig is the brother of Shannawaz Baig and Zahid Baig.

The indictments charge that the defendants have employed more than 50 unauthorized immigrants since 2000 and concealed doing so by stealing at least 25 identities, including three dead people's.

Vincent Picard, an Immigration and Customs spokesman, said agents took two 7-Eleven employees from the Hampton Roads stores into custody Monday amid suspicions they entered the country without permission. An additional 18 in New York were taken into custody. The two Virginia workers, whom Picard called "victims," were released on their own recognizance.

While prosecutors said some of the 7-Eleven employees were forced to live in "unregulated boarding houses" owned by their bosses, Picard said he doesn't know of that situation occurring in Virginia.

Pilot writer Scott Daugherty contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: New York; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 711; fraud; illegals; pakistan; philippines

Zahid Baig, 52, of Chesapeake, right, Shannawaz Baig, 62, of Virginia Beach, middle, and Tariq Rana, 34, of Chesapeake, were escorted from U.S. District Court in Norfolk on Monday, June 17th, 2013. The three were were among nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores in New York and Virginia who were charged in a scheme to exploit immigrants. (Brian J. Clark | The Virginian-Pilot)

A sure sign we need immigration reform. /s

1 posted on 06/22/2013 4:53:43 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

So they busted two stores....out of maybe four hundred...that have illegal workers in them? I don’t see much to talk about. It’s like fishing with dynamite....just pick forty 7-Elevens....and the odds are that two or three will be in violation.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 4:56:52 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: csvset
There are people that are surprised at this?/S
3 posted on 06/22/2013 4:57:57 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: csvset

Joe Biden was right! Literally!


4 posted on 06/22/2013 4:58:42 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: csvset
alleged illegal hiring of immigrant employees

Huh?

5 posted on 06/22/2013 5:01:57 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: csvset

An indian man purchased our local 7 Eleven store in south Florida. It was a mixture of Haitian, white, black american, etc... Within weeks it was only Indian employees.

They have lost a good bit of business. For one, it’s not nice to go from normal speaking (even the Haitians with their accents spoke english that you could understand) employees to a constant struggle in explaining what you want. God forbid you say “third from the back” when asking for a hot dog or what have you. Next is the odd arrogant attitude toward people. It’s not just one, it’s all.


6 posted on 06/22/2013 5:02:23 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: csvset

What’s with “Pinoy” all of a sudden? This is the second headline I’ve seen this morning using it. Did all the wire services suddenly change their stylebooks?


7 posted on 06/22/2013 5:04:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Does Bill have a job yet?)
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To: csvset

Strange how immigration law is suddenly being enforced in this one specific situation. The 7 Eleven CEO is a Republican donor but that probably has nothing to do with it.

DEPINTO, JOSEPH M. MR.
SOUTHLAKE, TX 76092
7-ELEVEN INC.

ROMNEY / PAUL D. RYAN, MITT
VIA ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT INC.
03/16/2012 2500.00 12951549420


8 posted on 06/22/2013 5:07:30 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Socialism is built on slavery.)
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To: Tax-chick
Don't know, but the Philippines is probably the hottest market right now regarding development and economic progress.

Perhaps getting the PC word in front is a way of easing the subject into the American lexicon

9 posted on 06/22/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: pepsionice
It's a start.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided 14 franchises early this week, including four in Hampton Roads, forcing the retailer to take over their operation. Federal agents swept through and searched about 30 other stores nationwide where they suspected similar activities took place.

10 posted on 06/22/2013 5:09:34 AM PDT by csvset
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To: knarf
It does have fewer letters than "Filipino."

... the hottest market right now regarding development and economic progress.

That should be great for them, as long as they don't get bogged down in trying to prevent Climate Change!

11 posted on 06/22/2013 5:10:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Does Bill have a job yet?)
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To: Tax-chick
I chose Pinoy. It's easier to spell than Filipino. :) There's a huge Filipino community here and I see the word used all the time.

As per wikipedia:

Pinoy was coined by expatriate Filipino Americans during the 1920s and was later adopted by Filipinos in the Philippines.

According to historian Dawn Mabalon, the historical use has been to refer to Filipinos born or living in the United States and has been in constant use since the 1920s.

She adds that it was reclaimed and politicized by "Filipino American activists and artists in the Fil-Am movements of the 1960s/1970s".

Wikipedia goes on to say," It is more positive than "flip."

Well, yeah, duh!

I just wonder if they were Muslims.

12 posted on 06/22/2013 5:21:04 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

They need to check out Subway also.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 5:27:56 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: All

i was suprised when i found out 7-11 have a japanese parent company.

i enjoy the 7-11’s in asia.


14 posted on 06/22/2013 5:30:28 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yes, you do indeed need to speak Pakistani at the 7-11.

When will they go up and down the I-95 corridor and check out the Motels.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 5:30:48 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: csvset

It’s not just 7-11 franchises.

Many convenience and small grocery stores are owned by “immigrants” that cycle workers back and forth out of their home countries. In many cases it will be one owner of multiple stores in an area with workers going back and forth to the homeland.

They will live in ‘stack’ housing and sometimes actually sleep and live in the backrooms of these stores.


16 posted on 06/22/2013 5:50:51 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: autumnraine
I walked into a 7-11 store in New Jersey a couple of months back for a cup of coffee. I couldn't believe any rational business owner would allow a name-brand operation like that to have a stench of curry permeating the inside of the business. In this area 7-11 has gone to great lengths to improve the aesthetics of their stores, but this was unbelievable.

You never go back to a place like that.

17 posted on 06/22/2013 5:51:16 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Alberta's Child

How are they going to entice someone for a pizza (that they now make fresh in most stores) when they got a crock pot of curry in the back.

I for one can’t stand curry, the smell or taste. My 11 year old adds EXTRA curry to her ramen noodles. Go figure. But even she would get queasy if it was that overwhelming.

I used to travel around the country and stayed in a lot of cheap “Patel Hotels” as we called them. The office was nauseating between the curry smell trying to compete with the thick incense smell.

I guess if you grew up in it, it would be fabulous. But not for me. Of course they might not like the smell of my boiled cabbage and cornbread if they walked in my house, LOL.


18 posted on 06/22/2013 5:56:03 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: csvset

Thanks, that is interesting.


19 posted on 06/22/2013 6:21:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Does Bill have a job yet?)
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To: csvset
man...very familiar with that General Booth Blvd location. when the wife was stationed at NAS Oceania it was literally around the corner from our house! It was across General Booth Blvd from the Hooters we went to all the time!
20 posted on 06/22/2013 6:36:10 AM PDT by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy - proud NRA member & Certified Instructor)
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To: pepsionice

Remember Joe Biden said you can’t go in a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent? And he said he wasn’t kidding!

Anecdotal evidence is that foreign born people are running most of these convenience stores nowadays. I can’t say for sure if they are in this country legally, of course. But, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that such places employ illegals.

Having said that, sometimes small businesses are fronts for other crimes such as money laundering, regardless of the nationality of the owners of the business. It happens.


21 posted on 06/22/2013 7:56:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: BinaryBoy
Strange how immigration law is suddenly being enforced in this one specific situation. The 7 Eleven CEO is a Republican donor but that probably has nothing to do with it.


22 posted on 06/22/2013 8:00:47 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Venturer

In Pakistan one speaks mostly Urdu.


23 posted on 06/22/2013 9:45:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Vinnie

They need to check out Subway also.”

I don’t know about the ownership of our local Subway - suburb of Houston - but I quit going there. Place was packed but I was the only one, including the employees, who spoke English as a first language. Felt like I was trying to get lunch in Mexico City.


24 posted on 06/22/2013 10:26:15 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: csvset

This case sounds more like modern day slavery rather than normal hiring of illegals.

Fake papers, stolen wages and forced living arrangements.


25 posted on 06/22/2013 10:37:46 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Pakistani Ebonics??


26 posted on 06/22/2013 5:53:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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